WASCD Board of Directors

The Board of Directors constitute the governing body of WASCD, responsible for ensuring that WASCD policies, programs and services are implemented consistent with WASCD values and beliefs.  

Executive Committee Board Members 2023-2024

Rob Meyer - President

Rob Meyer serves the Beaver Dam Unified School District as the Direc­tor of Teach­ing & Learn­ing. He has pre­vi­ously served in edu­ca­tion as a Social Stud­ies Edu­ca­tor, Assis­tant Prin­ci­pal, and Principal. 

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"I am proud to serve WASCD as I believe in the power of shar­ing learn­ing, sup­port­ing col­leagues, and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in kids lives through collaboration."

(Board Member since June 2011)

Kurt Krizan - Immediate Past President

Kurt Krizan is cur­rently the Interim Superintendent for the Shawano School District.  He has previous experience as an educator, coordinator, and Director of Teaching & Learning.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"Join­ing WASCD has pro­vided me with an oppor­tu­nity to sur­round myself with other pro­fes­sion­als who are focused on improv­ing teach­ing and learn­ing for ALL stu­dents in the state of Wis­con­sin. I am thank­ful to be a part of an orga­ni­za­tion that helps make me a bet­ter educator."

Board Member since 2016)

Ryan Ruggles - Vice President

Ryan currently serves as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction for the School District of Milton.  Previously he was a principal at the secondary levels, most recently at an international school in Doha, Qatar.  Ryan is a strong student advocate and loves teaching the "how" of good instruction.  In addition to his full-time role, Ryan does consulting work as part of Compass Educational Leadership 

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

WASCD has a great opportunity to transform education in Wisconsin, and I believe we could have a major impact on the schools and students of our state.  As a servant leader, I want to not only support great schools in my own community but also in the entire state.  Through collaboration and with a continuous improvement mindset, this organization can be a difference-maker. 

Board Member since June 2019)

Gayle Daniel - Treasurer

Resource Management Committee Chair

Gayle Daniel is cur­rently an Ele­men­tary Prin­ci­pal and Curriculum Coordinator with the School Dis­trict of Rhinelander. For the last 20+ years she also has served the chil­dren of WI as an ele­men­tary teacher, worked with Deaf & Hard of Hear­ing stu­dents, Cur­ricu­lum Direc­tor and sup­porter of all children.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"Becom­ing a mem­ber of this sup­port­ive orga­ni­za­tion was an easy deci­sion. Sur­round­ing one­self with pos­i­tive peo­ple that are ded­i­cated to improv­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and expe­ri­ences for edu­ca­tors and stu­dents in WI will allow me to grow as an edu­ca­tional leader and deliver core val­ues that cre­ate pas­sion­ate life – long learn­ers of all ages."

Board member since June 2011

Kelly Seichter - Secretary

Kelly Seichter is the Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum & Instruc­tion for the White­wa­ter School Dis­trict. She is cur­rently serv­ing on the WASCD Pro­gram Com­mit­tee. She’s pre­vi­ously been an ele­men­tary prin­ci­pal in the Min­eral Point School Dis­trict, the Read­ing Spe­cial­ist and Gifted/​Talented Coor­di­na­tor for the Mon­roe School Dis­trict and has had the plea­sure of being a class­room teacher in all grades K-​6 across sev­eral school dis­tricts.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

“WASCD is an impor­tant orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion goes to the heart of the impor­tant work edu­ca­tors do. Being a part of this wor­thy net­work has ben­e­fited me greatly. Not only have I gained col­leagues to net­work with across the state, but I also have the oppor­tu­nity to con­tribute to the greater edu­ca­tional community.”

Maria Kucharski - WASCD Executive Director

Questions about our organization.  Contact Me!  director@wascd.org

Maria Kucharski has worked in edu­ca­tion the past 25 years within a vari­ety of capac­i­ties. She is cur­rently the Direc­tor of Curriculum and Instruction in Merton Community School District. She has also served as the Director of Teaching and Learning in Whitefish Bay, prin­ci­pal and cur­ricu­lum direc­tor in Ger­man­town, prin­ci­pal at Ket­tle Moraine, Dis­trict 4K coor­di­na­tor, K-​12 math and gifted and tal­ented admin­is­tra­tor, class­room teacher at MPS and Muk­won­ago, and finally an instruc­tional resource teacher (coach) for Elm­brook. All of these expe­ri­ences have lead to her dream of being a lifelong learner. Maria has been a mem­ber of the WASCD Board since 2010. She is cur­rently the chair of the WASCD New Direc­tors Program along with serving as WASCD's Executive Director.  

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"Being a life long learner means becom­ing involved in orga­ni­za­tions who feel the same about edu­ca­tion and your pas­sion. Who wouldn’t love to be around peo­ple whose beliefs are “to achieve suc­cess for each learner”? WASCD is ded­i­cated to the whole child and every child!"

Committee Leadership 2023-2024

Ann Franke - Communication Committee Chair

Ann Franke is the Direc­tor of Curriculum & Instruc­tion for the School District of Reedsburg. She has been a mem­ber of the WASCD board since 2009 and is cur­rently serv­ing as the Chair of the Communication Com­mit­tee. Pre­vi­ously, Ann has been a high school Eng­lish teacher, Cur­ricu­lum Coor­di­na­tor, the Direc­tor of Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion for the Eau Claire Area School District, as well as PreK-12 Director of Curriculum & Instruction for the Verona Area School District. 

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"Being a mem­ber of WASCD has been one of the most pro­fes­sion­ally reward­ing expe­ri­ences I’ve had. This is a pas­sion­ate group of edu­ca­tors who care deeply about the chil­dren of Wis­con­sin and the work of WASCD reflects this."

Torrie Rochon-Luft - Program Planning Chair

Torrie Rochon-Luft is the principal at Hortonville Middle School and Fox West Academy. She started her edu­ca­tional career as a 3rd-​grade teacher in Shawano then moved to De Pere and became a mem­ber of the Uni­fied School Dis­trict of De Pere for 7 years as a 34 mul­ti­age teacher and 4th-​grade teacher. She was a part of staff devel­op­ment, writ­ing cur­ricu­lum and served on many com­mit­tees that helped her to grow and flourish~always hav­ing a pas­sion for learn­ing, grow­ing and work­ing with kids. After 11 years as a teacher, she became an assis­tant prin­ci­pal in Menasha at Maple­wood Mid­dle School for four won­der­ful years and then moved into her role as prin­ci­pal at Sabish Mid­dle School for six years of learn­ing, grow­ing and lov­ing a staff com­pletely! She is now in the Hor­tonville Area School Dis­trict and couldn’t be hap­pier and prouder to be a part of this won­der­ful com­mu­nity com­mit­ted to nur­tur­ing all. She feels very blessed to be on the WASCD Board and being a part of the pro­gram com­mit­tee bring­ing excep­tional tal­ent and wis­dom to Wis­con­sin. She enjoys her fam­ily very, very much and especially watch­ing her daugh­ter play­ sports. 

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"WASCD has pro­vided me excite­ment in learn­ing over my edu­ca­tional career as a teacher, assis­tant prin­ci­pal and prin­ci­pal for the last seven years. It is a place where I can learn, take away ideas, be inspired, and develop last­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive rela­tion­ships. It embod­ies and fos­ters inspi­ra­tion, grit and tenac­ity in the ever chang­ing land­scape of edu­ca­tion. Don’t wait another minute, come and see for your­self what all the excite­ment is about!"

Board of Directors- Members at Large 2022-2023

Rainey Briggs

Rainey Briggs is a dynamic educator who received his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Health Science and a minor in Corporate and Community Fitness (2000) and returned to receive his bachelor's degree from UW Madison in education (2006). Dr. Briggs received his master's degree from Viterbo University in Educational Leadership (2009) which then led to the journey to pursue his Doctorate (2018) in education from Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Dr. Briggs has served as a cultural liaison, teacher, principal, Director of Elementary Education, and currently the Superintendent in the Baraboo School District. As an African American boy growing up in poverty, Rainey quickly learned how to advocate for himself and others and has carried that passion over into his daily work. Dr. Briggs obtained his EdD from Edgewood College and wrote a dissertation entitled The Factors that Promote or Impede the Success of African American Males in a Predominately White High School. Dr. Briggs strives to bring a voice to marginalized students and families. As a principal, he collaborated with staff and families to bring the motto "Every Kid, Every Day, Whatever it Takes" at the forefront of their school and a mission to live by daily. Dr. Briggs has worked with many school districts on providing professional development around equity and cultural responsiveness. He is also an adjunct professor at Edgewood College in Madison and Viterbo University in La Crosse. Rainey is a husband to Julie, an educator herself, and the dad to three teenage daughters. When they are not in a gym or on a field, Rainey and his family enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and barbecuing. 

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"I became involved in WASCD because this provides opportunities for growth not only for me but for all educators that believe in the work to support and provide additional guidance to leaders and educators across the state of Wisconsin. "

Adam Broten

Adam Broten is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School District of North Fond du Lac. He began his career as an elementary teacher in North Fond du Lac, teaching first and second grade. Later, he served the district as an elementary literacy coach/interventionist and elementary assistant principal. Adam later joined the administrative team in the Oshkosh Area School District as an elementary principal. He then returned to North Fond du Lac as a middle school principal. Adam also works part-time supporting districts and educators across the country with taking a deep dive into standards, standards-based instruction, data analysis, assessment practices, and facilitating conversations around equity/systemic racism. He enjoys being with his family, playing games with his kids, and cheering on Wisconsin sports teams.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"It's energizing to work with and learn from the many great educational minds in our state. I value continually trying to get better as a person and as a professional. WASCD provides those opportunities, not only for myself, but for all educators and leaders in our state. Ultimately, this leads to impactul learning for ALL students."

Kim Brown

Kim Brown is cur­rently the Direc­tor of Learn­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the Oshkosh Area School Dis­trict. Her pri­mary respon­si­bil­i­ties include pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and instruc­tional lead­er­ship. Prior to her cur­rent posi­tion, Kim served as an Ele­men­tary Teacher, Cur­ricu­lum Sup­port Spe­cial­ist, Prin­ci­pal, Assis­tant Direc­tor of Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion and Direc­tor of Early Learn­ing. Kim has been a board mem­ber since 2014.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"From my very first WASCD con­fer­ence, I was impressed with the pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment, vision of the orga­ni­za­tion, and the engag­ing dis­cus­sions. I am thank­ful to serve with inspir­ing and pas­sion­ate indi­vid­u­als who are com­mit­ted to suc­cess for all students."

Tony Frontier - Special Advisor to the Board

Tony Fron­tier, PhD is co-​author of Five Leavers to Improve Learn­ing: Pri­or­itz­ing for Pow­er­ful Results in Your School (ASCD, 2014) and Effec­tive Super­vi­sion: Sup­port­ing the Art and Sci­ence of Teach­ing (ASCD, 2011). Tony has been a mem­ber of the WASCD board since 2009, and served as pres­i­dent in 2011. Tony is cur­rently the Direc­tor of Teacher Edu­ca­tion at Car­di­nal Stritch University.

Beth Galeazzi

Beth Galeazzi is currently the principal at Webster Stanley Elementary in Oshkosh. Prior to her role as a principal, Beth was a classroom teacher and an elementary math coordinator. 

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"I enjoy being involved with WASCD because it provides an opportunity for me to improve my own innovative learning and advocate for policies and practices that support quality teaching. "

David Grambow

David Grambow is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Hudson School District. His primary responsibilities include curriculum development, professional learning, leadership coaching, and student learning results. He previously served as a teacher, special educator, technology coach, and principal.  

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

A former colleague and mentor encouraged me to get involved with WASCD when I was a new principal.  I found the organization to be forward-focused and inspirational.  I appreciate the way in which WASCD continually finds creative ways to support all teachers and ultimately benefit all students in Wisconsin.

Katie Grundahl

Katie Grundahl serves the School District of Jefferson as the Direc­tor of Curriculum and Instruction. She has pre­vi­ously served in edu­ca­tion as a Math and Science Edu­ca­tor, Assis­tant Prin­ci­pal, and Principal.  

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

I am excited and proud to serve WASCD as collaborating through shared learning is the foundation of professional growth. As educational leaders, it is imperative to create a culture of excellence in education. This is done through the belief and expectation that we can change the world.

Nicole Horsley - DPI Liaison

 Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"I am proud to serve as liaison to WASCD as I fulfill my role as Director of Literacy and Mathematics at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction."

Chris Hansen

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Kristi Klein

Kristi Klein served as a World Lan­guage (Span­ish) edu­ca­tor for more than 23 years in var­i­ous PK-​12 urban and sub­ur­ban set­tings. In addi­tion, she has acted as a leader in var­i­ous capac­i­ties such as Cur­ricu­lum Coor­di­na­tor and Depart­ment Head in mul­ti­ple schools where she taught. Kristi cur­rently serves as prin­ci­pal of a pri­vate, Catholic school in Port Washington.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"My men­tor inspired me to attend a board meet­ing as a guest. My expe­ri­ence con­vinced me that the mem­bers and the net­work of WASCD are com­prised of a col­lec­tive group of edu­ca­tors and crit­i­cal thinkers com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that all stu­dents receive a high-​quality edu­ca­tion and achieve at high levels."

Amy LaPierre


Eric Larsen

Eric currently serves as the Director of Learning and Assessment for CESA 6. He has been working with school data for many years and provides consulting in ACT, Aspire, Forward and all local assesments. He also is the lead for the CESA 6 Learning and Assessment Center, a collaborative network of curriulum directors and data leaders from districts across the state. 

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"The professional development provided by WASCD is a valuable resource for all Wisconsin schools. This is a great think tank organization with like-minded people working hard to help Wi schools! "

Peg Mischler

Peg Mischler serves as the Director of Learning for the Winneconne Community School District. She has previously served in education as a special education teacher, classroom teacher, Associate Principal and Curriculum Director. Peg’s practice of continuous improvement includes a combination of having high expectations for herself, staff and students, providing access to high levels of learning, fostering collective efficacy within teams, encouraging positive staff and student relationships, and empowering others to take ownership of their learning. She believes these are the factors that most contribute to student success. 

Why did I become involved:

“I wanted to join a team of professionals who have the same desire to continuously improve our education system. Being a part of WASCD provides me the opportunities to network with educators throughout the state, improving both my practice and theirs - which will improve the success of all our students.”

Amanda Patza


Kelly Ryder

Kelly Ryder has been the Director of Curriculum and Programs for the Hayward Community School District since 2017. She also serves on the State Superintendent's AODA Advisory Committee and on the Accountability Advisory Group for DPI. Prior to her working at Hayward, Kelly worked at CESAs 11 and 12 supporting northern Wisconsin schools in areas such as educator effectiveness, curriculum, safe and healthy schools, and school improvement. Kelly also worked as a member of the state's WISExplore team, leading school teams in data-informed continuous improvement processes. Kelly started her career as a high school social studies teacher in the Cumberland School District in 1996. 

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"I became involved in WASCD for many reasons. In northern Wisconsin, where I work, very few schools are fortunate enough to be able to have a Director of Curriculum. As I learned my new role, it was important to me to be able to network with others that had similar roles across our state. I also believe that the role of curriculum is changing and I am excited to help to lead that change in our state. "

Chris Van Hoof - Historian

Chris Van Hoof has been a mem­ber of the WASCD Board since 2006, where she par­tic­i­pated on the Pro­gram Com­mit­tee before being elected as Pres­i­dent in 2011. She is cur­rently on the board as the his­to­rian. Chris retired in 2021 from CESA 8 as the Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum, Instruc­tion, and Assess­ment (CIA). Prior to her last posi­tion, she was a direc­tor of CIA and a high school Eng­lish teacher for 28 years. Chris has served on a vari­ety of Wis­con­sin State Tasks Forces, par­tic­u­larly those involv­ing ELA. 

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

"A friend tapped me on the shoul­der and encour­aged me to join. He believed WASCD had some great things to offer me, and I had a few skills to offer to WASCD in return. He was absolutely right. I’m really glad I lis­tened to him!"

Peter Wilson

Dr. Peter Wilson is a leader and educator with a passion for equity and excellence. Throughout his career, he has experience at all the different levels of a school system. Currently, he is the Director of Administrative Services for the DeForest Area School District in DeForest, Wisconsin, a suburban district of Madison, Wisconsin. Previously, he served as Director of Student Services for the Stoughton Area School District in Wisconsin. He has also served as middle school and elementary principal. Prior to his administrative roles, Dr. Wilson served as classroom teacher, mentor and high school tennis coach in the Waunakee Community School District. Peter holds a PhD and MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, he has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Grand Valley State University.  

Why did you become involved in WASCD?